Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America

Running on Empty: An Ultramarathoner's Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America

by Marshall Ulrich

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ISBN-13: 9781583334904
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 509,672
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marshall Ulrich is an extreme-endurance athlete, ultrarunner, mountaineer, and adventure racer. His career has earned him wins, records, and firsts on some of the toughest courses in the world and has taken him to the top of the highest mountains. He lives in Idaho Springs, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Prologue 1

Part I Desert

1 As Far As I Can, As Fast As I Can 15

2 Legacy 31

3 It's Just Who I Am 43

4 Fool's Errand 57

5 Running Machine 71

Part II Heartland

6 Coming Home 97

7 This Is Not My Foot 125

8 States of Mind 143

9 The 400-Mile Workweek 163

10 Competitive Spirit 181

Part III Liberty

11 Stop Crapping in Cornfields 201

12 Running Out 221

13 Rest 233

Running America (poem by Joanne V. Gabbin) 245

Appendixes 247

List of Illustrations 290

Acknowledgments 293

Bibliography 296

Index 297

What People are Saying About This

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"One of America's greatest living adventurers and an expert without peer in human endurance."
-from the foreword by Christopher McDougal

"Marshall is The Man. Definitively. His run across America at the age of 57 sealed that distinction forever. He's living proof that endurance never sleeps, never gets old, never tires. Nothing can stop him, and that gives us all hope, gives us resolve to keep trying."
-Dean Karnazes, acclaimed endurance athlete and bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

"Marshall and I go way back to the first Eco-Challenge in 1995. An athlete of astonishing grit both then and now, he never fails to push the limits of his sport, no matter what extreme endurance event he's chosen. Running on Empty tells the story of Marshall's greatest test: reading it, you get a sense of how tough this man is, but there's also a bit of Everyman in Marsh. He's an inspiration to all of us." -Mark Burnett, Emmy-award-winning producer of Survivor, Eco-Challenge, The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader and others

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Running on Empty 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mayo5150 More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this book and was surprised at how quickly I read through it. As someone who recently "discovered" running at the age of 45, I could really relate to Marshall. I found his accounts of his run to be quite interesting. His honesty about events, even if it reflects poorly on himself, is refreshing. From the highs to the lows that followed him across the country on his epic adventure, this story will keep you engaged and wanting to get to the next page to see what happens next.
realbigcat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm an ultra runner myself but by no means the level of Marshall Ulrich so I thought this book would be interesting. The main story of this book is Ulrich's run across the U.S. at age 57 and trying to break the record for the fastest crossing. Trying to make something like running 60 miles a day for 57 days is very difficult. Ulrich talks a lot about his relationships with his family and race crew. It always seems to flip flopping and conteversial which really wears on the reader. I find these runners to be obsessive and literally a little full of themselves. It wasn't a great book but just OK.
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samcivy More than 1 year ago
Running on Empty An Ultra-marathoner’s Story of Love, Loss, and a Record-Setting Run Across America 3,063 Miles, 52 days, 57 Years Old Marshall Ulrich ©2011 Penguin Group, Inc. ISBN 978-1-58333-423-2 243 pp. plus Appendices and Index (Hdbk) Marshall Ulrich eventually realized he began ultra-distance running to avoid dealing with his problems, foremost the death of his first wife and two other failed marriages. But he ran across the USA at age 57 to earn money for charity. When his present wife, Heather asked him why he ran, he said, “Because that’s who I am.” Writing about this fifty –two day run, Ulrich shares his preparation, challenges, difficulties, pleasures, lessons he learned and friendships gained, including that of his three adult children. He knows Heather’s love and support brought him through impossible situations. Running on Empty reads like an exciting adventure. This amazing athlete motivates others to accept hardships in order to gain important goals. And he’s truly an inspiration. His ten commandments for endurance are well worth remembering and applying. A highly sought-after trainer, speaker and guide, Ulrich has been on a number of TV shows and featured in major newspapers and magazines.
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JenniR More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about Marshall's journey. He shared an amazing story of fortitude in Running America. I appreciated how much of his human flaws he shared as well as his triumphs. I also am baffled at how gracefully he handled Charlie Engle's ego and attitude. I will be following Marshall's exploits from here on out.
pepedpu More than 1 year ago
Outstanding detail. I like the way Mr. Ulrich let you in to his mind and some of the simple joys he found in his travels.
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